Eric Mengel, Jason Gonzo, Jeff Pina, Michael Kessler, Radi Lewis, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Val Hochberg, Tom Hodges, Mike Norton, Ming Doyle, Jonathan Glapion, and Andy Runton Join PHXCC 2013

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EricMengalPhoenix Comicon is proud to announce Eric Mengel, Jason Gonzo, Jeff Pina, Michael Kessler, Radi Lewis, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Val Hochberg, Tom Hodges, Mike Norton, Ming Doyle, Jonathan Glapion, and Andy Runton will be attending Phoenix Comicon 2013.

Eric Mengel is the writer/artist/publisher of OCHO. OCHO is an alien missionary sent to make Earth a better place. Eric and OCHO have been staples of the Arizona comic book scene since 1995. OCHO is Eric’s life’s work with regard to comics and has dedicated himself to making OCHO the best comic book he can.

Jason Gonzo is a Chicano artist who currently resides in Mesa, AZ. Gonzo worked in-house as the Senior Art Director for McFarlane Toys/Todd McFarlane Productions. After having worked his way to Creative Director for an advertising agency, Gonzo left to freelance full-time and shift his focus primarily to art, illustration and completing his Comic Book project – La Mano del Destino.

Jeff Pina launched his first comicbook Dr. Oblivion’s guide to Teenage Dating in late 2005 and has been making comics since. Jeff does the art chores on the weekly web comic Drunk-Robot with collaborator Brian Powell. He also has two other self-published series Imaginatives and Monkey in Space.

Michael Kessler is the owner and writer for Bleating Goat Comics out of Phoenix, AZ. Founded in 2010, Bleating Goat Comics has published three titles to date. In 2013 Bleating Goat Comics will unveil its newest title Unearthed, an epic global exodus story with an international ensemble cast. Radi Lewis is making his return to the Phoenix Comicon and he’s bringing the 3rd installment of his hit series TechWatch right along with him. This indie writer currently has a title that is distributed through Diamond Comics; he recently finished a comic for Department of Public Works & Transportation in Arlington TX; and is currently working on a mobile video game.

Spencer Brinkerhoff debuted his art work in 2008 at the Star Wars Celebration in Japan and the San Diego Comic Con, where his animated short was a finalist in the Star Wars Fan movie challenge. He’s also created sketch cards for Lord of the Rings, Marvel, Indiana Jones and The Clone Wars.

Val Hochberg is the artist and writer of the popular webcomic series Mystery Babylon. The extreme post-apocalyptic story features Kick Girl, a very unhappy demon, who is forced to travel with the happy-go-lucky priest, Zero.

Tom Hodges is well known for his work on Star Wars comics, but in 2012, Tom provided the artwork for a 40 page Graphic Novel/Digital Comic/iBook to accompany the 5.1 surround sound release of RUSH’s landmark album, “2112”. 2013 will see Tom’s long awaited return to his Hero MIDKNIGHT (Red 5 Comics)

Mike Norton is an artist and writer. Norton worked as a freelancer for several years before launching his own web comic Battlepug in 2011. His recent works includes the the critically acclaimed series, revival.

Ming Doyle is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist known for her work on Women of Marvel’s Girl Comics and the comic series Mara.

Jonathan Glapion is an inker for DC and works on Batman, Final Crisis Revelations and Outsiders.

Andy Runton is the creator of the Owly graphic novel series and Owly and Wormy books. Owly an award winning children’s graphic novel that centers around the adventures of an owl.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture experience of the southwest. Comicon is presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Entering its eleventh year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 40,000 attendees to its May 23-26, 2013 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix.

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